In my last blog, I discussed problems within the local music scene that ultimately stem from personal snobbery and adherence to musical cliques. The feedback I received was mostly positive, but a few commenters criticized me for the futility of criticizing the negative aspects of the local scene.
When I first started writing for NUVO a few years ago, I made a valiant effort to put everything in a positive light. Every venue, every show. I can’t count how many times that I wrote positive pieces about various elements in the music scene.
For a while, I just wanted to keep it that way. If I didn’t have something nice to say, I simply wouldn’t say it. I thought that the problems would simply work themselves out. But then I got to a point where I couldn’t let the problems go unaddressed any longer.
I would love to focus only on the positive, but that would be like a French newspaper in 1940 ignoring the the looming German invasion and running a puff piece about cheese and wine production on the front page. Okay, I’ll admit that that last metaphor was a little intense, but you get the idea.
- Transpanther: Dan looks pretty positive
But in light of recent negativity, I feel like I should mention some of the positive aspects of this town’s music scene. The Dojo, for starters, is the best thing happening in local music right now and the upcoming Last Friday At The DojoThe Halloween House, Moria AND The 1511 may be closing their doors this summer, but new houses are opening their doors to bands and music lovers alike. Promoters like Transpanther, A Squared and MOKB are doing a great job bringing larger bands to the city while at the same time supporting local artists.
So there, I said some nice things. Now I can get back to complaining.